UTSI Employee Development

Educational Assistance (Fee Waivers)

Training Scheduled at UTSI

HR0128 Human Resources Development

UTSI Staff Training and Development Program

UT Career Development Fund

UT Employee and Organizational Development

Educational Assistance


Training Scheduled at UTSI

To register for training, please email hr@utsi.edu and indicate which seminar you will be attending.  For sessions you attend, you will receive credit toward your 32 hours of training and development activities as outlined in Human Resources policy HRO 128, Human Resources Development.  If questions, please contact the HR office at ext. 37226.

2018 Training Schedule for UTSI


Critical Conversation Skills, Leah Graves, UT Employee and Organizational Development
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lower A Conference room

Based on the NY Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High, this class will give you the tools necessary to prepare for high-stakes conversations, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, and make it safe to talk about almost anything.

Nonverbal Communication for Professionals, Leah Graves, UT Employee and Organizational Development
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – 8:30 – 11:30 am
Lower A Conference room

Mannerisms, gestures, and expressions say something about an individual employee. Participants will discover nonverbal cues through situational examples, videos, and images. Register for this course to better decode and interpret the body language of others to improve communication, service, and overall workplace effectiveness.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:  Please register by emailing hr@utsi.edu or leaving a message at ext. 37226 by July 6. Please list the session(s) you plan to attend.


♦UT Human Resources Policies and UTSI Procedures Overview
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – 8:30 – 11:30 am

Facilitators: Dr. Mary Lucal, Associate Vice Chancellor for UTK Human Resources, & Patricia Burks-Jelks, Director for UTSI Human Resources

Overview of the Human Resources Policies and UTSI HR Procedures.



Legal Aspects of Management & Supervision
Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Facilitator: Mike Fitzgerald, UT Office of the General Counsel

Managers face rules and procedures of ever-increasing complexity. This program will provide guidance in the consideration and application of state and federal laws and university policies and procedures as they pertain to university employees. Regulations to be discussed will include FMLA, ADA, disciplinary procedures, discrimination procedures, sexual harassment policies, and more.


♦Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Ron Tredway, UT Employee, and Organizational Development
Being Rescheduled for early 2019
Lower A Conference Room

Cost: $35* (Cost will be covered by the UTSI Human Resources.)

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Please register by emailing hr@utsi.edu or leaving a message at ext. 37226.

Join us for one of the most popular courses offered at organizations and universities worldwide! The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a research-based assessment that helps individuals and teams understand how they perceive information, interact with others, communicate, and structure their careers. If you are interested in insight into self and others, you don’t want to miss this class. The $35 fee covers purchased booklet and assessment. Cancellations for this course must be made 10 business days before the class date.

*10 business-day cancellation policy: If a registered participant cancels within 10 business days of the date of training that has a fee, a conference, or a seminar, the department will be charged the full fee. If the department will not pay, the individual will be invoiced for the amount. Departments are welcome to send a substitute if the registered attendee must cancel within this 10 business-day period.


♦Using MBTI for Insightful Leadership, Ron Tredway, UT Employee and Organizational Development
Being Rescheduled for early 2019
Lower A Conference Room

REGISTRATION PROCESS:  Please register by emailing hr@utsi.edu or leaving a message at ext. 37226.

Prerequisite: Participants must have taken the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and know their reported type. Interested supervisors should take the EOD Myers Briggs Type Indicator course if they have not already taken the assessment. Join us for a leadership course that puts Myers Briggs to work! This program helps supervisors and leaders use awareness of their MBTI type to more effectively manage and lead their teams.



The UT Administrative Professionals’ Retreat is sponsored each year by the UT HR Office of Employee and Organizational Development.

Click here for more info. https://hr.tennessee.edu/training/conferences-seminars/administrative-professionals-retreat/

If you have a training suggestion, please contact Patricia Burks-Jelks at ext. 37226.

Fiscal Policies and Budgeting & Accounting Overview
Facilitator: Ron Maples, UT Treasurer
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Lower A Conference Room
Please register by emailing hr@utsi.edu or leaving a message at ext. 37226.

HR0128 Human Resources Development

 As a result of employee feedback from the Employee Satisfaction Survey, the university revised its Human Resources Development Policy HR0128 to encourage supervisors and managers to plan for 32 hours of professional development every year for faculty and staff as part of an overall career development plan, including conferences and programs both outside and within the university.

To receive credit for classes taken, please complete the Request for Additional Training Credit.

Faculty and staff are the university’s most valuable resource.  Investing in professional development builds a strong University of Tennessee Space Institute.  If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Burks-Jelks at (931) 393-7226 or email pjelks@utsi.edu.

HR0128 – FAQ’S


UTSI Staff Training and Development Program

 To Regular Faculty and Staff:

As identified in the HR Workplace Satisfaction Survey results, a UTSI Human Resources Staff Training and Development Program has been established effective immediately.

All regular employees are eligible to participate in this program (temporary and student employees are not eligible).  Those eligible will be provided funding for up to two (2) courses per fiscal year and up to a maximum of $200.  This applies to courses offered at UTSI such as those offered through the Continuing Education Department.  Exceptions to the guidelines will be considered.  Justification for the exception is required at the time of the request. This program will not be used to pay for courses in conjunction with the University’s fee waiver program.

When the application is completed and signed by both the employee and the department head/supervisor, it should be submitted to HR for review and final approval.  The application will be returned to the employee and if approved, it should be presented at the time of registration. Cost of the course will be billed to the UTSI HR Staff Training and Development Program. Printed copies are available in the Human Resources office.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact pjelks@utsi.edu or call ext. 37267. 

UT Career Development Fund

Financial assistance from the University of Tennessee Career Development Fund (CDF) enables employees to attend professional development programs. The CDF committee reviews requests and approves funding based on the guidelines.

Non-exempt, regular, full- or part-time may participate. CDF will only fund participation in conferences that take place in Tennessee.

To read more information about the Career Development Fund, its guidelines, and eligibility requirements, please visit the website athttp://www.tennessee.edu/cdf.

To apply, please complete the Career Development Fund Application and return to the UTSI Human Resources office at least four weeks prior to the activity/program. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Burks-Jelks at (931) 393-7226 or email pjelks@utsi.edu.